Black America v. Conservatism – Part 1

  Part 1: Economics Education, voting rights, fair housing, fair lending, employment, mass incarceration, the drug war, foreign trade, immigration and more have decimated the middle class in America. Blacks have been hit the hardest. Reversing the hard fought accomplishments and laws of the 1960’s have been especially important to conservatives.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 suffered a severe blow recently.  How has conservative policies affected our standard of living? According to Federal Reserve …

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Difficult Choices

Basketball great Charles Barkley’s recent interview with Brooke Baldwin of CNN has raised eyebrows.  Barkley called the looters in Ferguson “scumbags”. During protests,  following the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, people took advantage of the chaos and stole goods from convenient stores. His interview and demonizing the poor who decided to take their chances in breaking the law and being video taped by law enforcement or news reporters, sparked memories of a public …

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Moral Mondays

Moral Mondays is an idea that originated in North Carolina, in April of 2013.  The grassroots group protests are in response to the policies of the recently elected Gov. Pat McCrory and the swift and, what many perceived, far right movement of the newly elected state legislator. Many assume the “tea party” movement and Republican or conservative victories in 2010 were a response to the election of President Barack Obama. North Carolina is a great …

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What’s happened to the middle class?

The 1970’s were difficult times economically and socially. Rampant inflation, an oil embargo and the Iranian hostage Crisis. Maybe it’s Watergate, the Viet Nam War or perhaps the only presidential resignation that seem to make it a memorable decade. All those events set the stage for the Reagan presidency of the 80’s. Partisans ignore the Iran-Contra Scandal, that the national debt, unemployment (10.8% in 1983) and the largest percentage drop in the stock market since …

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